The Magic4 Pro is the world’s first flagship honor roll since it emerged as a new “separate” entity from parent company Huawei. Despite giving its launch the nickname “global”, it is not a device that can be bought in the US. However, for those in Europe, the prospect of a Huawei-like phone returning to the market should be an exciting proposition: Huawei was a strong alternative to the best Android options in the region before it lost Google services.
Those who are familiar with the look of Huawei devices, and in particular the Mate 40 Pro, will immediately recognize the features of the Honor Magic 4 Pro: a sharp, curved screen, a metal rail that divides the front and the rear, a large rear camera module and a dual module. front camera clipping.
In 2022, it is a design that seems quite outdated, with a trend towards flatter sides and frosted glass throughout the industry. The back, in the cyan color option (the other available option is black) is quickly plastered with fingerprints after little use. However, to the advantage, the absence of a contemporary look does not prevent this device from feeling high quality and robust in construction.
Good first impressions are not the strength of the Magic 4 Pro, however. After overcoming the uninspiring aspect, the software starts. This is not the clean, perfect version of Android in the Google Pixel 6 range. Instead, you’ll see a combination of Honor’s own apps and third-party software like Booking.com, MyTrainPal, and more. month. You can cut this fat, but the initial annoyance is a nuisance.
Software problems extend to this phone’s excellent camera. There was a lot of concern about opening the Camera app, and it continued intermittently when playing with various options. Not a problem, but it hinders one of the best features of this device, which is particularly disappointing because the images produced by the Magic 4 Pro are excellent, with easy-to-aim snapshots that capture a lot of detail and they attract attention. color. By being demanding, the results can be wrong on the side of oversaturation and a bit of sharpness, especially in a bright environment, but not enough to distract.
Up to a 10X zoom, the results are also impressive, especially within its 3.5X optical zoom range, all achieved with the 64 MP periscope telephoto lens of this phone. This phone, like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, can reach 100X, but you won’t show your photos on Instagram.
Portrait mode is a mixed bag, with a strong blur around the light edges, but it often has a hard time surrounding the focal point with the precision you want. There’s also the night mode, which does a decent job of increasing the brightness at the end of the day, but causes a lot of intensity.
You can record video up to 4K 60 fps on the Magic 4 Pro, and you absolutely will. The results are stunning, with bright colors and luxurious details. However, the lack of first-class stabilization prevents this from being up there with the best.
What helps with the annoyance of cumbersome camera software and cluttered cluttered apps is the gorgeous screen. It is a 6.81-inch OLED panel at 120 Hz that benefits from the bevelless sides offered by the pronounced curved glass, even if it causes some content to fall off the screen. The images and videos are flawlessly presented, while the 120 Hz display, combined with the fast Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 flagship chip, makes navigating and jumping from one app to another very easy.